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More Common Offenses Added To The List of Federal Crimes

Many companies don’t screen their applicants for federal crimes, assuming such offenses are atypical of their workforce and applicant base. However, the US government recently added two items to its list of federal offenses that are highly prevalent in today’s American society and should cause many organizations to reconsider their need for federal crime screening.

One new federal offense involves the manufacturing and distribution of methamphetamines. According to the most recent U.S. Department of Justice statistics, 31 percent of the cases opened for investigation by U.S. attorneys were investigated for drug offenses.

Typical federal offenses involving meth are:

Conspiracy to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine (21 U.S.C. 846)

Possessing equipment and chemicals for methamphetamine manufacturing (21 U.S.C. 843 (a) 6)

Possessing methamphetamine with intent to distribute (21 U.S.C. 843

Maintaining a drug house (21 U.S.C. 856 (a) (1))


Methamphetamine-related crimes are quickly becoming one of our nations most pervasive drug offenses. By implementing federal criminal search, companies can now identify any individuals in their workforce who may be among the growing number convicted of these offenses.

The other fast-growing and devastating crime is identity theft. On July 15, 2005, President Bush signed the Identity Theft Penalty Enhancement Act, which makes identity theft a federal offense and provides stiff penalties for the crime. One of the more sinister facts about identity theft is that over half of all cases are carried out by insiders. Organizations with employees who have access to personal information (Social Security numbers, dates of birth) or confidential client information (credit card numbers, etc.) should be especially diligent. By failing to conduct a federal criminal search, companies expose themselves and their clients to the ever-increasing number of identity theft offenders.

For more information about the types of criminal records that are available, contact one of EBI’s Employment Screening Specialists. Write to us at or call us at 800.324.7700.

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